Women’s basketball blasts Alabama State, 86-42, in NCAA first round

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Head coach Karen Aston guided her team to a lopsided victory over Alabama State in the first round of the NCAA championship, setting up Monday's second-round matchup with Missouri (photo courtesy of texassports.com).
Head coach Karen Aston guided her team to a lopsided victory over Alabama State in the first round of the NCAA championship, setting up Monday's second-round matchup with Missouri (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Lansdale

AUSTIN, Texas — Sophomore forward Ariel Atkins scored a game-high 15 points, leading four Longhorns scoring in double figures, to help lead the University of Texas women’s basketball team to an easy 86-42 victory over Alabama State in the first round of the NCAA women’s basketball championship at the Frank Erwin Center.

Texas head coach Karen Aston understandably found a lot to like in her team’s performance.

"I thought our team

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